February 9, 2005
The BlackBerry 7270 supports IP telephony to extend enterprise desktop phone functionality to a BlackBerry wireless handheld.
Research in Motion Limited has partnered separately with both Nortel Networks and 3Com Corporation to deliver SIP-enabled VoIP over Wi-Fi LANs to a new Blackberry handheld.
RIM and Nortel are focusing on interoperability and integration between RIM’s BlackBerry enterprise platform and Nortel’s MCS 1500 multimedia communications server, while RIM and 3Com are integrating 3Com’s IP PBX and wireless WLAN switch with RIM’s BlackBerry wireless solution for WLAN networks.
The objective in both cases is to allow seamless roaming of office-based VoIP calls within internal WiFi domains, top enahance the mobility of enterprise voice and data.
Both approaches rely on standards-based interoperability based on SIP. The Internet orientation of SIP readily allows always-on BlackBerry applications such as email, VoIP, browser, organizer, push-based services, security and back-end integration to be tied in to existing office PBX functionality.
The products are being demonstrated now, with general release expected soon.
February 8, 2005
Release of a new draft “SIPconnect Interface Specification” provides standards-based direct IP peering between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks.
Cbeyond Communications and five other IP telephony vendors, Avaya, BroadSoft, Centrepoint Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Mitel, have developed a draft best practices specification to guide interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks.
The rapid deployment of IP PBXs in businesses and the transition to VoIP by service providers has created an opportunity for direct IP peering between IP PBXs and VoIP-enabled service providers which would lower costs, reduce voice latency, and provide for end-to-end SIP signaling for PSTN termination.
The newly released, publicly available SIPconnect Interface Specification leverages the SIP and other IETF VoIP protocols to provide the consistent, industry standards-based approach to interconnection essential to the future of packet-based communications.
Cbeyond Communications, Avaya, BroadSoft, Centrepoint Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Mitel have all indicated their intention to develop products and services that comply with the new draft specification, to the extent that any of their current product lines do not already do so.
They state that SIPconnect specifies a reference architecture, required protocols and features, and implementation rules necessary for seamless peering. It defines a clear and consistent architecture that enables IP PBX vendors and service providers to rapidly and cost effectively deploy VoIP services. They invite the rest of the industry to join and follow them.
January 6, 2005
The new Small-to-Medium-Business-oriented version of Packet8’s Virtual Office offers a three-line IP-PBX with full functionality for under $200 initial cost, plus $120 per month service with unlimited calling to the US and Canada.
Packet8‘s specially packaged retail version of its Virtual Office business phone system is designed to meet the needs of traditional storefront merchants as a replacement for a traditional PBX or Centrex service.
The Virtual Office retail package consists of a broadband phone adapter and hands-free business telephone for $99.95. A minimum of three Virtual Office extensions is required. Monthly Packet8 service for Virtual Office costs $39.95 per extension, and includes extensive PBX functions along with unlimited local and long distance business calling in the US and Canada.
PBX functionality includes customizable auto-attendant with dial by extension, name or by group; DID (Direct Inward Dial) phone number with any desired area code for each extension; conference bridge, music-on-hold, call park/pick-up, and hunt groups; voicemail including voicemail-to-email alerts; extension-to-extension dialing anywhere in the world; and one-touch controls for three-way calling, forwarding, do-not-disturb, voicemail, distinctive ringing, call waiting, caller-ID, and call transfer.
Optional extra services include receptionist console, virtual phone numbers for any extension, and toll-free phone numbers and service. Virtual Office users anywhere can group multiple Packet8 VoIP lines into a virtual business telephone system, providing geographic independence to even small and medium businesses.
December 22, 2004
Cirilium’s VoWiFi solution will interface with Honeywell’s air-to-ground satellite communications avionics to deliver VoIP to onboard VoWiFi handsets.
Cirilium, Inc (OTCBB:CRLU) today announced its cooperation with Honeywell (NYSE:HON) to provide Honeywell with a WiFi technology-enabled VoIP phone system for their Business Jet customers.
The new system will interface with the Honeywell onboard ARINC 746-compliant SATCOM avionics components that provide air-to-ground satellite communications, allowing passengers to interface with the system via a Cirilium WiFi VoIP handset.
Cirilium will also be providing the core VoIP and IP data communication gateway software that will integrate with the avionics platform designed, tested and certified per FAA specification by Honeywell.
The resulting product product will in effect be a Cirilium WiFi-enabled IP-PBX on Honeywell’s platform. The companies believe that a WiFi-enabled VoIP cabin telephony system for the corporate business jet market will be a significant improvement over any of the proprietary hard wired telephony systems currently in the market.
December 14, 2004
The combination of Sylantro hosted IP solutions and Leapstone content management systems will offer carriers new service delivery options.
Sylantro Systems Corp and Leapstone Systems today announced a partnership to deliver fully integrated business and consumer VoIP offerings for telecommunications service providers worldwide.
Sylantro Systems delivers hosted IP-PBX and IP Centrex applications, voice VPNs and consumer broadband applications via its carrier-grade feature server, which has telco-grade scalability, reliability, operability and regulatory compliance required for massively scalable carrier deployments up to millions of users.
Leapstone Systems delivers intelligent service delivery and content management solutions to network operators through its Communications Convergence Engine product suite, which enables operators to accelerate revenues via rapid service introduction and reduce costs via simplified integration and better management of network resources.
The companies already have deployments together in a large-scale U.S. RBOC network, and are currently in trials with other incumbent service providers. Their interoperability and partnership is expected to allow carriers to provide their own differentiated applications to end customers.
December 8, 2004
Epygi’s new IP PBX 2.4 softrware allows analog users easy migration to a VoIP PBX by allowing both to work on the same network.
Epygi Technologies, Ltd announced the 2.4 upgrade of its Quadro All-In-One-Box IP PBX, gateway and stand alone voice router, which combines analog lines and phones with IP phones and VoIP carriers in one product with no moving parts.
Existing analog phones gain IP capabilities and IP phones work seamlessly with Quadro IP PBXs, allowing small businesses, SOHOs and teleworkers to to grow using IP phones while still being able to derive value from their analog equipment. Supported IP phones include Cisco, Polycom, Snom, IP Dialog, Swissvoice and Aastra.
Quadro 2.4 features include a streamlined GUI, least cost routing, SIP server support, H.323 signaling, G.723 and iLBC CODECs and RADIUS billing (for service operators). The all-solid-state solution makes the product highly robust and cost effective, according to the company.
Epygi is building a world-wide network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Plano, Texas (North Dallas), it has sales and development offices in the US, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, UK, Armenia and Japan. The company uses a sales organization of distributors and resellers. Its products include IP PBXs, conference servers, and gateways.
November 12, 2004
3Com released a new IP-PBX, the 3Com NBX V3000, that integrates call management, voice mail and central office connectivity in a single box.
3Com’s IP Telephony Division released this latest component of its Convergence Applications Suite specifically for small organizations. It initially comes equipped with four central office ports, a station-side analog port for a fax machine or analog phones, and embedded applications such as an automated attendant/voice mail system with e-mail integration, desktop call management, and graphical call reports.
Built on an open architectural design, it can run third-party off-the-shelf applications, such as call center and customer relationship management, as well as PC programs like Microsoft Outlook or ACT! without having to buy additional hardware or software, allowing users to dial from their address books and manage contacts.
The NBX V3000 hardware and software supports all 3Com IP phones, gateways and accessories, and is compatible with other, existing 3Com NBX hardware. The new software supports zone paging via the speaker on system phones, and alternate busy / no-answer phone numbers such as a mobile phone, a second office or home phone number. Users can manage calls and dial contacts from their PCs or use a web browser to change how and when calls reach them. They can also review and listen to voice mails from their e-mail.
3Com first introduced the NBX IP-PBX in 1998, developing an architecture for a distributed softswitch for AT&T, and bringing the first commercially deployed carrier softswitch to market in 1999. It has been evolving the product for applications of all sizes ever since.